December 1, 2020

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM ‘L’ II lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)



Here we go with another hideously expensive, but probably very good, Canon lens. Let’s see how good it is.

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47 thoughts on “Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM ‘L’ II lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)

  1. I had this lens for a week; then, I sent it back. It's a good lens, but in no way is it worth the exorbitant price. Nothing really special about it – except the price. Image quality is 100% as good from the $700 Sigma Art 1.4. This Canon is, at best, another $1299 lens. 😎

  2. Why would anyone pay 1.700 bucks on a prime without any extra features. No IS, no macro focus, no zoom, no metal body. I'm seriously questioning the camera market at this point. I don't think any lens is worth that much money, unless it does it all.

  3. Hi Chris, did you consider using affiliate links for the gear you review? This way you will be commissioned for those who purchase the gear through your link. I know that Amazon is an option, not sure about Ebay and other stores.

  4. The 35mm f1.4 || may seem like a "plasticky" and not very well build lens, but this aricle from Roger Cicala shows that it is actually way better than its competitors:

    https://wordpress.lensrentals.com/blog/2015/12/canon-35mm-f1-4-mk-ii-teardown/

  5. $1700, and no image stabilizer! I’m a CANON user but I agree they overprice their products!! I’ll skip this lens! Nice review as always, thank you!

  6. Why bother with a review if you can’t even put a lens on a native system, get a 5dsr and then start talking about bokeh and sharpness.

  7. Price is difficult to judge. Testing a lens briefly doesn't give you any idea of value.

    My first 35L cost me £900, in 2007. I used it so much I replaced the rubber focus band, 150 weddings with it as the primary lens (some suited a 24-70LII better). It is still worth maybe £400 used. So it cost me about £500 over the years, approx £3.30 a wedding. As a perfectly working spare it continues to be valuable without losing further resale value.
    That is hardly extravagant spending.

    9 years later I got the mkII when it was released and years after it is proving to be a great buy. Before I did I tested the Tamron 35/1.8 and the Sigma 35mm Art to see if I could save some money.
    Not having fringing vs back light, think bride and father vs the much brighter outside behind, is worth it alone.
    The background bokeh is excellent. Make sure you don't shoot it with EFCS on a Sony at very short exposure times, it causes edges at the top of the blur circles. The mount adapters for the Sony are mostly a fraction too short, you will see that the infinity mark is off with an adapter that is too short and this causing some corner issues also.
    It has exceptional coatings, finger marks and dust don't stick, a lens pen glides over it.
    Have a look at the lens rental tear down of this lens, it is well worth a look. It makes the Sony/Zeiss 35/1.4 look very expensive if you compare the internals.

    Spending £600 on a Samyang 35mm, that would be expensive for me, if an unproven AF motor breaks. Or the AF doesn't get the shots that guarantee happy couples and recommendations. I do like Samyang MF lenses but the AF ones have not got the history behind them yet.

    There is a mint 35L II on ebay £1150 "mint and used once". Now that was expensive for someone. But the guy that buys that can probably use it for a few years for £100 drop in value.

    Do you think it is ethical to go into a job knowing you could have done better if you had invested more in the tools of your trade?

  8. It has little to do with the megapixel count, it is the different sensor stack thickness of the Sony sensors compared to Canon.
    Test it out on the 5DsR and it will have no corner softness issues.

  9. Chris, thnx. Ive the samyang 35 1.4 for my a7R3, but i also use canon 6d2 with 24 1.4 sigma. Aaaaand i am debating myself if i need another 35…
    Got the nifty fifty too.

  10. I have been working with the 35mm 2.0 IS since this season. In general, I also appreciate in photography the advantage of stabilization higher than a light value better. For the 35mm 1.4 speaks mainly the weather protection, in the image quality are no practice-relevant differences to see. Thank you Chris and best regards from Germany.

  11. What's your opinion on the slightly cheaper Canon 35mm f2 IS USM?

    With it being a stop darker but having image stabilization and a 1/3 of the price?

  12. At this price the quality of the bokeh should be as good or better than anything else on the market. Nice and sharp but that does not fully justify the price. Good review Chris!

  13. Thank you for this review. Great to hear it's strengths and weaknesses. It is pretty insanely expensive which is great for 3rd party manufacturers. I love my 35mm f2 IS USM for what it is and value for money but since I shoot often in low light I'm looking for a 1.4 lens. Looking forward to seeing you review the new Tamron equivalent version as well. Hopefully the Tamron gives at least 80% performance for roughly 50% of the price compared to the canon ii

  14. Sorry Chris, but you can't call the Sigma 35mm f1.4 an alternative without talking about difference in autofocus. I have had the Sigma for half a year and then discarded it, because what is the use of a f1.4 lens if the focus is continuously off.

  15. Canon compensates drop in sales numbers by selling overpriced plastic lenses … this shouldn’t cost more than a grand. As always, great review man!

  16. Few things for this video. Ummm saying FREE HOOD for lens at this price sounds very bad to me 😀 Please refer to HOOD INCLUDED .. but maybe its just me. It is fantastic time to look at this lens and even better that you compared it to Samyang 35mm. Internet is now full of raging people that Sony 35 f/1.8 is overpriced and yet its still just 1/2 of the price of this beast. Yea sure, it is ''just'' 1.8 but if you would be heading for 1.4 that's where the Samyang comes in play. Thanks Chris. Perfectly timed video with perfect content. Keep the good work up.
    Friendly reminder (Sony 70-300 G OSS)… C'mon you knew this was coming 😀

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